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by Ron and Jean
Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Mastitis
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: Mastitis

Mastitis is horrible. I had it with my second child as the the milk started to come in. There are lots of things you can do. I am a herbalist and prescribed myself stuff, but really you would be best seeing a western herbalist. The NIMH website has a list of practitioners. Anne MacIntyres 'A Womans ...
by Ron and Jean
Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:19 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: homemade compost toilet
Replies: 7
Views: 2712

Re: homemade compost toilet

What about having 2 compost bins and two seats above. Use one till the bin is getting full then switch to the other bin/seat while nature takes it's course.....
by Ron and Jean
Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Dry nights?
Replies: 9
Views: 2403

Re: Dry nights?

We also lift our 4 year old when we go to bed. Luckily he is a heavy sleeper and has no idea we do this. We also avoid drinks an hour before bed, trying to remember to give them a big drink late afternoon. My advice would be to wait till they are ready (often they ask to stop using nappies as they a...
by Ron and Jean
Sat Sep 05, 2009 10:06 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Quick-fix for sunburn
Replies: 15
Views: 2501

Re: Quick-fix for sunburn

I have heard eating lots of tomatoes stops you getting as sunburnt!?!
by Ron and Jean
Sat Sep 05, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Abbey are complete &*$!!
Replies: 38
Views: 7444

Re: Abbey are complete &*$!!

We have had lots of hassle with abbey, like them randomly stopping bank cards and taking over a month to replace them. You go to the branch to complain where they say they can't deal with that type of inquiry and that we must phone instead. You phone, you get cut off, you phone again and eventually ...
by Ron and Jean
Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens; ex-batt or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 3496

Re: Chickens; ex-batt or not?

Our first hens were ex bats and they are great. I don't think they needed that much TLC, but we did keep a close eye on them initially. For example making sure they went inside when it rained, and all had access to food. We are getting 6 eggs/week from each hen and their feathers are regrowing. They...
by Ron and Jean
Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: 2009 the big Selfsufficientish Year - one month challenge
Replies: 134
Views: 33018

Re: 2009 the big Selfsufficientish Year - one month challenge

Why not freeze the borage flowers in ice cubes use later. Really nice to have a splash of summer in a drink once the days are shorter.
by Ron and Jean
Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens on leased properties...
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Chickens on leased properties...

Some houses have it written into their title deeds that you can't keep chickens (in our old house the feu terms said we couldn't breed dogs either). I would check your tenancy agreement and if it doesn't say you can't keep pets/chickens, then I would just go for it.
by Ron and Jean
Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Elderflowers - is this normal?
Replies: 17
Views: 7201

Re: Elderflowers - is this normal?

I remember years ago picking the sweetest smelling, freshest flowers and taking them home to my very small flat, where I spread them out to dry. My plan was to use them for elderflower tea to combat winter flu and cold. I spent the next week hunting for where my tomcat was going to the toilet and fo...
by Ron and Jean
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: 'no poo'
Replies: 21
Views: 3575

Re: 'no poo'

I hadn't thought of Bicarb, but rosemary vinegar as a hair rinse works well for greasy hair. Chamomile tea is also great as a conditioner, especially for blondes. I use Henna regularly and my hair is always fab after and needs a lot less washing just after I have used it. I stopped washing my hair a...
by Ron and Jean
Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: swine flu
Replies: 105
Views: 16034

Re: swine flu

The cynic in me thinks that the media are making such a fuss about swine flu (which doesn't seem to be as serious as normal flu) because the government spent so much money (millions) preparing for bird flu. They stockpiled tamiflu at great expense and I suspect it is nearing the end of it's shelf li...
by Ron and Jean
Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: homemade compost toilet
Replies: 7
Views: 2712

Re: homemade compost toilet

That sounds like a great idea :thumbright: . You could build a wooden frame and cubicle over it with a seat and the composter below. We used to have something similar with a green wheelie bin below, not much fun to empty out :(

Goodluck
by Ron and Jean
Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Mystery Plant ID
Replies: 23
Views: 2087

Re: Mystery Plant ID

I just found this image of teasel : http://www.co.stevens.wa.us/weedboard/o ... s/tsl1.jpg
It looks very similar. The other one does look like foxglove. Are the leaves slightly velvety.

I suppose you will find out in time.
lol
by Ron and Jean
Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Mystery Plant ID
Replies: 23
Views: 2087

Re: Mystery Plant ID

could it be teasel?
by Ron and Jean
Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bartering
Replies: 19
Views: 1685

Re: Bartering

My friends mum makes the best lemon curd and is always looking for good eggs to use. I gave her a couple of our eggs and asked how many eggs = 1 jar of lemon curd...... I recently swapped herbal medicine for massage (which was great). I was also very pleased when someone from freecycle took away our...